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Jean Valentine, Junot Díaz Among Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Online Only, posted 3.05.08

The Los Angeles Times announced last week the finalists for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The annual awards are given for books published in the United States during the award year in the categories of poetry, fiction, first fiction, current interest (which includes creative nonfiction), young adult fiction, history, mystery/thriller, science and technology, and biography. The winners, each of whom will receive $1,000, will be announced on April 25 at a ceremony at Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Another Memoir Turns Out to Be Fiction

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Online Only, posted 3.04.08

Less than a week after Belgian author Misha Defonseca admitted to fabricating her best-selling Holocaust memoir, Margaret B. Jones revealed yesterday that her memoir, Love and Consequences, published last week by Riverhead Books, is a fake. The publisher is recalling the book—approximately nineteen thousand copies were printed—and has canceled the author's publicity tour, which was scheduled to start next Monday.

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Belgian Author Admits Holocaust Memoir Is Fiction

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Online Only, posted 3.03.08

Belgian author Misha Defonseca admitted last Thursday to fabricating her Holocaust memoir, which became a best-seller in Europe. Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years (Mount Ivy Press, 1997), tells the story of a young girl who travels nineteen hundred miles across war-torn Europe looking for her parents after they were taken away by the Nazis, lives with a pack of protective wolves, kills a Nazi soldier, and is detained in the Warsaw ghetto. The book was translated into eighteen languages and made into a film in France.

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Pinsky's Choice: Former Poet Laureate Bids Farewell to Poet's Choice

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Online Only, posted 2.28.08

In last Sunday's edition of the Washington Post Book World, Robert Pinsky signed off as writer of the nationally syndicated Poet's Choice column after a three-year run. According to Book World editor Marie Arana, poet and memoirist Mary Karr, whose most recent poetry collection is Sinners Welcome (HarperCollins, 2006), will take over the column this Sunday.

 

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Bock's Best-seller Offered for Free Online

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Online Only, posted 2.27.08

Charles Bock's debut novel Beautiful Children hit number fourteen on the New York Times best-seller list this week, but for three days, Random House, which published the book in January, is offering a download of the book for free. Through midnight on Friday, readers can download a PDF version of the full-length novel from Bock's Web site, as well as from the online stores of Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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Reed Calls It Quits for Quills

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Online Only, posted 2.26.08

Reed Business Information announced yesterday that it plans to suspend the Quills, the awards program it sponsored along with NBC Universal. The Quills, which were created in 2005, carried no cash value, relying instead on high-profile coverage and celebrities such as former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, weatherman Al Roker, and actress Brooke Shields to honor the best in book publishing and promote literacy. The annual black-tie awards ceremony, held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, was televised on NBC.

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